I haven’t been able to post this until it had been announced by its new owner, but the site I created a little over a year ago, MonticelloLive, has been sold. It was a difficult decision, but in the long run, I felt led to let it go in order to gain more focus in my life.

I deeply appreciate all the readers and kind comments that I received while running the site. It was amazing how much support it had for a small, rural town website. It was a hobby-turned-job for more than a year for me. The time I found myself devoting to tracking down stories, writing, seeking to maintain quality and innovation on the site and attending various community and organizational meetings was simply more than I could give – especially since the site continued to grow.

I took the summer off, intending to hit it again hard in the fall, but over the summer, I realized that I just didn’t have the energy, nor did I think it wise, given the continued growth of our church and demands from being self-employed.

I am excited for Joe Burgess, the new owner, and I know he’s going to do a fantastic job. He will be able to take the site in directions that I would never have dreamed of. So bookmark MonticelloLive in your browser, drop by and say congratulations to him as Joe leads ML to new heights.

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